Real estate deals

Duke Realty buying out joint venture partner for $298M

June 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Duke Realty Corp. plans to buy out its partner in a joint venture that owns 106 industrial buildings in the Midwest and Southeast, the Indianapolis-based company announced Wednesday.
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Circle Centre sues restaurant Bella Vita over unpaid rent

June 11, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Italian restaurant that took over high-profile mall space in January is being sued by the landlord for $96,523.23.
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Proposed development near Lilly campus could include hotel

June 8, 2010
Indianapolis developer Buckingham Cos. is in discussions to build a mixed-use development that could include apartments, shops, office space, and a hotel and conference center.
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Fort Ben home, condos headed to auction

June 8, 2010
Tom Harton
The former home of the commanding general at Fort Benjamin Harrison and four condominiums at the old army base are being auctioned June 17, a reflection of the difficulty of selling high-end condos in a soft real estate market.
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Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins eye closed Meridian Street cafe

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
They will take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.
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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana moving to new headquarters

May 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
CEO Deborah Hearn Smith said the move will eventually bring a cost savings, but it has other benefits.
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Lawrence Village inks J.C. Hart deal, seeks retail developer

May 25, 2010
Tom Harton
The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority has approved the sale of a 6.6-acre site to Carmel-based J.C. Hart Co. for development of a 217-unit apartment community.
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Simon plans to rejoin retail leasing event

May 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. plans to rejoin the giant leasing mall at the annual ICSC convention in Las Vegas, where 25 percent of the nation's retail lease deals are consummated.
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Girl Scouts to sell Boone County camp, three others

May 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana says a study found that the four sites need significant renovations to reach current safety codes.
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Upcoming ICSC convention will offer insight into growth plans for retailersRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
Retailers are feeling pangs of optimism at an opportune time for the developers and real estate brokers who rely on them for survival: The year’s biggest retail real estate gathering is May 23-25 in Las Vegas.
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Simon biding its time after failed bid for rival

May 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Analysts predict Simon Property Group Inc. will pay off debt and wait patiently for its next opportunity after withdrawing separate offers to either acquire General Growth Properties or finance its exit from bankruptcy. A New York judge had endorsed a rival plan that allows General Growth to stay independent.
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Simon shares surge despite failed General Growth deal

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Simon’s rise suggested investors believe the company will be just fine without General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago-based rival it had been pursuing for months.
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Simon withdraws bid for General Growth

May 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. has withdrawn its offer for General Growth Properties Inc. after a bankruptcy court judge approved a sale process that gives an advantage to a group lead by rival bidder Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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General Growth still backing Brookfield despite new Simon bid

May 7, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. rejected Simon Property Group Inc.'s "best and final" offer.
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Simon Property makes 'final' General Growth offer

May 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property says its latest offer is worth $6.5 billion, or $20 a share, for General Growth. It had last offered $18.25 a share.
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General Growth hearing delayed as Simon makes new bid

May 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth said the hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has been moved from Wednesday to Friday.
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Simon Property steps up fight for General Growth

May 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The latest proposal is the Indianapolis-based company's third attempt to buy or gain a piece of the No. 2 mall owner.
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General Growth backs new Brookfield plan over Simon offer, source says

May 3, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. plans to back a revised bankruptcy exit plan proposed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. over a competing offer by Simon Property Group Inc.
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Work begins on Penn Arts apartment, retail project

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Renovation work finally has begun on the building at 16th and Pennsylvania streets. Developer Christopher Piazza found two equity partners for the project because banks were unwilling to lend.
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Blackstone may join General Growth plan, Simon says

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group and Blackstone Group LP are in "ongoing discussions" for an investment in General Growth after the mall operator turned down a $10 billion takeover bid from Simon in February, CEO David Simon said.
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General Growth hearing delayed to weigh bids

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, said a bankruptcy court hearing on its auction process will be delayed five days to give the company time to consider competing bids, including one from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Local Scholars Inn sold, to reopen under new name

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The Mass Ave. restaurant is set to become Mesh, which will feature a more casual atmosphere and menu, as well as a new operator who will lease the space from the building's owners.
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Simon Property Group cranks up bid for General Growth

April 14, 2010
Simon Property Group upped its offer for rival General Growth Properties Inc., pledging to invest $2.5 billion in a reorganization and match the terms of a bankruptcy exit plan led by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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General Growth's bankruptcy plan makes room for Simon

March 31, 2010
Bloomberg News
The provision would give General Growth time to explore a takeover bid from Simon Property Group Inc., whose $10 billion offer was turned down by its rival in February. Simon is preparing a new bid, according to a person with knowledge of that plan.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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